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Norman Filman Collection



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J. Arthur Duff Papers

Personal Papers

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Title: Norman Filman Collection, 1889-2006Save to your list.


Primary Creator: Filman, Norman J. (1920-2010)

Extent: 1.3 Linear Feet


Series I: J. Arthur Duff Materials, 1889-1988

Series II: Personal Papers, 1930-2006

Date Acquired: 03/12/2014

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material, Video recordings

Languages: English


The Norman Filman Collection consists of papers saved by Old China Hand Norman Filman, mostly consisting of materials related to his uncle J. Arthur Duff and Old China Hands reunions. Materials in the collection include correspondence, news clippings, essays, a family tree, and audiovisual materials on China.

Biographical Note

Norman J. Filman was born on November 23, 1920, in Calgary, Canada, and was taken to China soon after to live with his grandparents, John L. and Margaret Duff who had served as missionaries in the country since the early 1890s. He grew up in Kuling, China before attending the Western District Public School in Shanghai. He returned to Canada after graduating high school, where he attended the University of British Columbia and graduated as an electrical engineer in 1944. He moved to Los Angeles in 1949, where he worked for Hughes Aircraft for 31 years. He was also very involved in Old China Hands Reunions, and maintaining contacts with other Old China Hands. He passed away in 2010.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Norman Filman Collection consists of papers saved by Old China Hand Norman Filman. Materials in the collection, which range from 1889 to 2006, document two generations of Old China Hands living in and escaping from China, and consist mainly of correspondence, news clippings, essays, and reunion materials. The collection is divided into two series: J. Arthur Duff Materials (1889-1988), and Personal Papers (1930-2006).

Series I, J. Arthur Duff Materials, primarily contains items written by Filman's uncle, James Arthur Duff. Duff was born in Kuling, China in 1899, and settled in Shanghai with his family. During World War II, he escaped from occupying Japanese forces in Hong Kong, and soon after was recruited to work for the Office of Strategic Service (OSS) in China. He also traveled the world, and retired to California before passing in 1996. The materials in the series include a number of writings by Duff reminiscing on his times in China and discussing various political, religious and philosophical topics. Also included are news articles, family correspondence, and photocopies of documents from Duff's life in China.

Series II, Personal Papers, consists of items saved by Norman Filman related to his experiences in China as well as numerous Old China Hands Reunions he participated in and in some cases helped to plan. These materials include correspondence, postcards, news articles, school report cards, brochures, videos, reunion programs, and reunion attendee rosters. Also included are photographs and home videos from other Old China Hands that took trips back to China in the 1980s to visit.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Virginia Edwards

Related Materials: J. Arthur Duff Papers at the Hoover Institution Archives

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Jessica Geiser, 2014

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series I: J. Arthur Duff Papers, 1889-1988]
[Series II: Personal Papers, 1930-2006],

Series I: J. Arthur Duff Papers, 1889-1988Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Filman's Notes on J. Arthur Duff's PapersSave to your list.
Folder 2: Duff Family Tree, 1969Save to your list.
Folder 3: News Articles on J. Arthur Duff, 1942-1987Save to your list.
Folder 4: J. Arthur Duff's Papers at the Hoover Institution, 1984-1987Save to your list.
Folder 5: Far Away and Long Ago: Some Random Reminiscences of J.A. Duff, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 6: Correspondence from John L. Duff to Charles D. Duff, 1889-1894Save to your list.
Folder 7: Correspondence from Margaret Ostler Duff to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ostler Duff, 1899, 1945Save to your list.
Folder 8: Letter from J. Arthur Duff to Margaret Kyte, 1976 Feburary 10Save to your list.
Folder 9: William A. Duff Obituary, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 10: Letter Seeking Vital Documents for Margaret Kyte, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 11: Letter from J. Arthur Duff to Patricia, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 12: General Writings on ChinaSave to your list.
Folder 13: General Stories from China ca. 1910-1930, 1980-1987Save to your list.
Folder 14: General Stories from China ca. 1931-1945Save to your list.
Folder 15: Maps of ChinaSave to your list.
Folder 16: Writings and Information on Kuling, ChinaSave to your list.
Folder 17: The Duff Family in Kuling, ChinaSave to your list.
Folder 18: Fairy Glen Hotel in Kuling, ChinaSave to your list.
Folder 19: Kuling Community Hospital Association Shares Certificate, 1931Save to your list.
Folder 20: Bruno Arndt Kuling Property StatementSave to your list.
Folder 21: Character Statements for Kuling Property Claim, May 1981Save to your list.
Folder 22: Escape From Hong Kong to Free ChinaSave to your list.
Folder 23: OSS (Office of Strategic Services) Files, 1943-1945Save to your list.
Folder 24: Correspondence and Essay about Trip to Africa, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 25: Writings on U.S.S.R. and Russian Turkestan, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 26: Hunza, PakistanSave to your list.
Folder 27: Correspondence and Writings on Duff's Life, 1978-1988Save to your list.
Folder 28: Barbara Tuchman, 1980-1984Save to your list.
Folder 29: Letters to Duff from Pearl Buck and Indira Gandhi, 1980-1983Save to your list.
Folder 30: Writings on the Cold War, 1980-1986Save to your list.
Folder 31: Letters Regarding British Relations with China, 1981-1984Save to your list.
Folder 32: Letters to World Leaders on Nuclear Policy, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 33: Philosophical Writings, 1980-1983Save to your list.
Folder 34: Religious WritingsSave to your list.
Folder 35: John BirchSave to your list.
Folder 36: Gracie Kingham - The Nanchang Riots of 1906Save to your list.
Folder 37: Annie and Emily Hunter - Missionaries to ChinaSave to your list.
Folder 38: Generals George C. Marshall and A.C. WedemeyerSave to your list.
Folder 39: Excerpts from Borodin: Stalin's Man in China by Dan M. JacobsSave to your list.
Folder 40: Excerpts and Notes on China Called Me: My Life by Percy Chen, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 41: Notes on Marshall in China by John Robinson Beal, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 42: Notes on Time-Life Books on China, Burma and India, 1981Save to your list.
Folder 43: "Canada at War" The Magazine, 1983Save to your list.

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